Thursday, August 17, 2017

celebrating five with a party [VIDEO]

Like I said, Rae turned five last week and as always, we made sure to celebrate big time!
"Birthday Week" is a big deal around these parts, but I wasn't quite ready to tell Rae about it yet...gotta make sure it doesn't go to her head. Instead we just casually implemented some special celebrations without explaining ourselves.
Wednesday was her actual birthday, which meant she was in charge of the menu for the day.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


I don't know how, but my little Baby Rae Rae turned FIVE last week. Five years old! I seriously can't believe it.

To my sweet Rae, who made me a mother,

I love every bit of who you are. 
I love your golden ringlets. 
I love your swimsuit tan after a summer of swim team. 
I love your picked nails...a habit that you broke once, but then decided to go back to your old ways.
I love your cautious demeanor.
I love your ability to memorize anything. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

camping highs & lows

forgetting a spatula....and hot pads
not driving quiet far enough to escape the heat
burning dinner AND breakfast
not seeing any deer despite many "deer beds" set up by Rae to attract them
3 days of packing/prep/cleanup for 1 night away
the gross funnel cake on the way out of town

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Gratitude no.4


1. Toy cars, tractors, and trains. Every day I clean up handfuls upon handfuls of Johnny's toy cars. And while every now and then it can feel tedious and defeating, 99% of the time it makes me smile. How lucky I am to have a sweet little boy to fill my floors with cars and tractors and firetrucks and trains. I love that Johnboy more than words can say. He is such a joy to our family.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Camping White Spar [VIDEO]

It seems like we're always saying, "Things are super busy right now." or, "Life has been crazy these past few months." But if every few months we're saying "the last few months have been busy," then maybe it's not just a phase...maybe it's just ALWAYS BUSY and ALWAYS CRAZY.
And I think we were all needing a break from the busy and crazy. So we ran away to the mountains for a second because we neeeeeeeeded it. And it was hot, and a little tricky getting 3 kids to fall asleep in a tent, but it also gave me like 24 of those perfect moments that made my heart burst with love and joy and gratitude.
And this video is a little glimpse into those moments.
We're already itching to go again.
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